The story takes place in an American about 150 years in the future in which the separation of class and race is more profound than imaginable, there’s little hope of improving your station in life almost everyone can expect to die from a C-illness.
While Fan herself shows that the government can’t control her we also learn that other people, in less dramatic ways, are beginning to rebel by throwing food the fish in the ponds (strictly forbidden!), shaving their heads, painting graffiti pictures of Fan and Reg.
This is a beautifully written book – I had to stop a few times to read passages over again because they were just that good – and incredibly thought-provoking.
You can listen to my interview with Chang-rae Lee here.
5 of 5
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Note: I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher.